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History[edit] During the expansion of the American and Canadian West, boosterism became epidemic as the leaders and owners of small towns made extravagant predictions for their settlement, in the hope of attracting more residents and, not coincidentally, inflating the prices of local real estate. The 1871 humorous speech The Untold Delights of Duluth, delivered by Democratic U.S. Representative J. Proctor Knott, lampooned boosterism. Boosterism is also a major theme of two novels by Sinclair Lewis—Main Street (published 1920) and Babbitt (1922). As indicated by an editorial that Lewis wrote in 1908 entitled "The Needful Knocker", boosting was the opposite of knocking. The editorial explained: The booster's enthusiasm is the motive force which builds up our American cities. Granted. But the hated knocker's jibes are the check necessary to guide that force. In summary then, we do not wish to knock the booster, but we certainly do wish to boost the knocker.[1][2]

See also[edit] Advertising Potemkin Village Promotion (marketing) Puffery

References[edit] ^ Fionola Meredith (June 7, 2012). "Don't let punks become PR men just to reel in tourists". Belfast Telegraph.  ^ Quoted in Schorer, M.: Sinclair Lewis: An American Life, page 142. McGraw-Hill, 1961.

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